How to Draw an Airplane

Easy, step by step Plane drawing tutorial
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Airplanes, planes, aeroplanes, jets, jetliners - whatever you call them, commercial passenger planes are common sights in the skies.

The first airplane was invented in 1903. It was much smaller than modern aircraft and remained airborne for just a few seconds. By the time World War II began just over a decade later, technology had advanced enough that airplanes were used as weapons of warfare. The first jet-powered planes were invented during the 1940s.

Since airplanes are heavier than air, how do they fly? The engines push the plane forward at high speeds. This causes air to flow quickly over the wings and down toward the ground. When the air goes down, it pushes the plane up. This is called lift. You can experiment with this by making a paper airplane.

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Airplanes have also been personified as characters in popular culture. Examples include Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Disney's Planes, and Jeremy, Isla, and Emerson from Thomas and Friends.

Would you like to draw a cute cartoon airplane? This cartoon vehicle drawing tutorial is laid out in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step fashion. Grab a sheet of paper and something to draw with, and you're ready to fly!

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Airplane

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How to Draw Plane: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a “C” shaped line. This will become the nose of the airplane.

Plane drawing - step 2
How to Draw Plane: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line from the top of the plane’s nose to outline the top of the cockpit.

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Plane drawing - step 3
How to Draw Plane: Step 3

3. From the top of the plane, extend a long straight line to sketch the top of the aircraft.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line from the bottom of the plane’s nose, sketching the belly or underside of the plane.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 5

5. From the top of the airplane, draw a straight line upward at a diagonal angle. This begins the outline of the plane’s tail.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 6

6. Continue the line of the plane’s belly until it extends beyond the diagonal line. Then, draw a short, straight, diagonal line from the previous diagonal line. Connect the top and bottom of the plane’s tail with a straight line.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 7

7. Draw an irregular parallelogram along the back edge of the tail of the jet. This outlines the rudder, which allows the pilot to steer.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 8

8. Draw a curved line across the nose of the plane, distinguishing it from the body or fuselage.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 9

9. Draw a straight, diagonal line across the fuselage. This begins the outline of the plane’s wing.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 10

10. Draw a straight line protruding from each end of the previous straight line at the base of the wing. Connect them at the end using a short curved line. This completes the outline of the wing.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 11

11. Extend two straight lines from the top of the plane, and connect them with a short straight line. This forms the opposite wing.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 12

12. Use curved lines to outline a narrow rectangle at the back of each wing. These form the wing flaps.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 13

13. Use curved lines to draw a thick, irregular rectangle at the front of the cockpit. This forms the windshield of the flight deck.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 14

14. Draw a series of successively smaller squares along the side of the plane. These are the windows of the passenger area.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 15

15. Draw a small half circle under the belly of the plane. This forms the wheel of the landing gear.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 16

16. Draw another, smaller half circle along the belly of the plane. This forms the remaining landing gear wheel.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 17

17. Use curved lines to enclose partial irregular ovals on the leading edge of the plane’s wing. These indicate the plane’s jet engines.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 18

18. Use a curved line to draw the engine visible on the tip of the remaining wing.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 19

19. Draw curved lines along the fuselage, from the nose of the plane to the tail.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 20

Color your cartoon airplane. The most basic planes are a silvery metal color. They may be painted any color.

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How to Draw Plane: Step 21

Is your head in the clouds? Your airplane should be, too! Learn to draw clouds.

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